If you want to become a writer but feel uncertain how to begin, you are not alone.
In order to be able to call yourself a writer, all you have to do is write. But I have another piece of advice: Don't go passing out business cards saying "I'm a writer"... And for al ittle bit more advice to help you gets started, check out this list of resources to help you on your way.
Many of Think's writers have gone on to publish successful books, like Alexander Zaitchek (The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America, Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance), Rick Pryll (Displaced, Wallow) and Colin Shea, who just published a lovely children's book, The Wolf Queen and the Naughty Little Lamb. You too can do the same!
How To Write Children's Books
The Children's Writing Resource Center is all about writing books and stories for children: advice, how-to info, tips, Live Chat, research links, FREE Online E-Zine for Children's Writers! FREE E-Books about Writing for Children! And much more. They claim to have the web's only message board dedicated to children's writing. Stop by to browse, or get involved and post a message about green eggs and ham.
The Market List for Writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror www.marketlist.com
Here you can find articles on Craft, Critiquing, Workshops, and any number of other informative topics are included each month. Check out this index of articles past and present. Interviews: Want to know what's on an editor's mind? Interested in hearing a Pro tell you about breaking in? Each update includes new Q & A sessions with editors, writers, and other important figures in the writing field.
Reviews: Each update the site includes several magazine reviews, spotlighting the publications, the authors, and their fiction.
Are there promising young screenwriters working in obscurity out there? Well, all you Tarrantino wannabes better drop the remote, clean the popcorn grease off your hands, and get online at www.writerswrite.com.
Or try the Writer's Toolbox - Internet Resources for Writers
After clicking through screenwriting news, articles, industry information and resources, including links to producers, industry information, movies, websurfers entertaining a writerly bent will find a diverse and ever-growing collection of Internet resources for the novelist, poet, playwright and journalist. Whether you're a professional or a hobbyist, a writer of fiction or of nonfiction, a seasoned professional or are just beginning your writing career. You will find many useful resources in this online toolbox. It also delves into practical issues like the business of writing, creativity, good screenplay and other software and how to get a job as a writer.
Annoyed by Alliteration? Puzzled by Posh? Confounded by Cattycorner? Baffled by Balderdash? Flummoxed by Flabbergast? Perplexed by ? Nonplussed by ... Nonplussed? The Word Detective www.word-detective.com is for anyone who loves words and language. Here, budding writers and trivia masters alike can immerse themselves in words. The site is loaded with columns and links on word origins and other literary topics in an Alice in Wonderland theme So if you run across a "jake braking" sign, "antimacassar" or "doily", give The Word Dick a click.
Free online creative writing courses, online writer's bookstore and more. BARTLEBY LIBRARY - Great Books Online www.bartleby.com
Writers Write University www.writerswrite.com Online classes designed for amateur and professional writers who are serious about writing, who are looking to improve their skills and to jump start their writing careers.
Where every great writer who was anybody is buried...
www.findagrave.com Not nearly as creepy as it sounds, Find-A-Grave offers a guide to the burial plots of famous figures. ("Over one thousand," the site promises.) Under "H" alone, find where a famous writer (Nathaniel Hawthorne), an actress (Jean Harlowe) and a business magnate (Henry Heinz) are buried. Some of the more notable graves are depicted in photographs.